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May 16, 2011 12:49 PM by Andy Koen

Bald Eagles to begin second life at Pueblo Zoo

A pair of Bald Eagles are coming to the Pueblo Zoo this week after completing their rehabilitation at a wildlife rescue center in Utah. The male and female birds of prey were recently given approval to be moved to the zoo.

The male, named Parker, was found with a fractured wrist near Ogden. His wrist had to be amputated to save his life.

The female, named Freedom, was found with a fractured wing on land used as a chemical depot near the town of Dougway. Her recovery took longer, requiring tube feedings with water and later softened food for several days.

Freedom also showed symptoms of vomiting which the therapists at the Great Basin Wildlife Rescue suspect may have been caused by her coming in contacted with chemicals left from old mine tailings in the area. Her recovery progressed and she gained nearly 6 pounds. However, her wing was too badly damaged to be saved.

While in good health, the injuries eagles sustained will keep them from returning to the wild. They will be replacing the zoo's Golden Eagle which is being transferred to another zoo.

The Fraternal Order of the Eagles and their Auxiliary are sponsoring the exhibit. The public can see the new birds beginning Thursday, May 19 in the zoo's Woods exhibit.

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